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Introducing the first ever official instructional videos from Rickson Gracie.




Self.Defense.Unit presents the self-defense techniques taught for almost a century by the Gracie family, plus the concepts and details refined over Rickson's forty years of teaching experience. Learning where a position's lever is, how correct weight distribution consolidates your base, what the defensive strategy should be. The program grants much more than the ability to defend against real-life aggression. With Self.Defense.Unit, the student or teacher can acquire an unprecedented ability to develop their BJJ. Self.Defense.Unit is split into five modules, and here you have the chance to secure your spot in module one, organized into 20 lessons and 70 videos.



If you never trained Jiu-Jitsu and want to discover a strength you never thought you had, want to become able to defend yourself, gain self-control and learn to be calm in critical situations, there's nothing better than learning the fundamentals of this martial art from someone who has spent his whole life understanding and perfecting it.


If you train Jiu-Jitsu, you're going to have the chance to learn how to deal with unpredictable situations that go beyond Jiu-Jitsu as a sport, and perfect your knowledge related to what Rickson believes is the key to efficiency in Jiu-Jitsu: base, leverage, weight distribution, strategy and timing.


The techniques and concepts Rickson teaches in these videos offer the Professor the possibility to teach students of any gender, age and physical capacity. The traditional self-defense integrated with the methodology developed over 40 years of Jiu-Jitsu teaching practice open up new possibilities for diffusion of the gentle art to a new and greater public that is not being reached nowadays by the academies found around the world.


Rickson earned the black belt from his father, Helio Gracie, at eighteen. For two decades, he reigned as Jiu-Jitsu's absolute champion. He moved to America in 1989 to help his brother Rorion establish their first Jiu-Jitsu academy in California. Gracie won Japan’s premier fighting tournament, the Japan Open Vale-Tudo, in 1994 and 1995, both times submitting three opponents in a single night. He returned to Japan to submit Nobuhiko Takada in 1997 and 1998, and Masakatsu Funaki in 2000. After retiring undefeated in 2006, Rickson focused on spreading the essence of Jiu-Jitsu, and he is currently the president of the Jiu-Jitsu Global Federation.


1. Intro

2. Concepts

3. Two Handed Choke

4. Headlock attacker upright

5. Mount Escape (UPA)

6. Rear Bear Hug over arms

7. Mount Control

8. Single Hand Collar Grab

9. Hip Throw

10. Basic Guard Pass

11. Americana from mount

12. Headlock with Punch

13. Scissor Sweep

14. One Handed Collar Grab (Bully grip - Palm turned up)

15. Headlock on the ground defense w/ frame

16. Neck grab from behind

17. Cross Choke

18. Striking Approach and Clinch

19. Guillotine Choke

20. Rear Naked Choke

21. Back Position Control

22. Two handed grab hands apart

23. Extras

24. Conclusion


Each position of the program above is worked on across three videos:

1. "Demo" is the execution of the technique at near-full speed.

2. In "Technique," Rickson explains the details so that you can execute the position.

3. And finally, in "Stress," he goes over what you must do according to the common complicators that can affect your execution.

This organization into three phases (Demo, Technique and Stress) is the foundation of the methodology developed by Rickson Gracie so that you can absorb the knowledge and execute the techniques with greater efficiency.

In the concepts lesson, Rickson demonstrates, across different videos, the principles of Timing, Strategy, Leverage, Connection and Base.


Invest in your jiu-jitsu enjoying the privilege of learning from Rickson Gracie.